New York: The Morgan Library & Museum shows Ray Johnson

Photographs by »New York's Most Famous Unknown Artist«

With PLEASE SEND TO REAL LIFE: Ray Johnson's Photographs, The Morgan Library & Museum in New York presents a scene star who is little known to the general public: Ray Johnson's photographs, which he made in the last years of his life, can be seen there starting June 17.

June 17, 2022
Ray Johnson, Shadow and manhole, spring 1992
The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of the Ray Johnson Estate, courtesy of Frances Beatty. © Ray Johnson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Ray Johnson (1927–1995) Shadow and manhole, spring 1992. Commercially processed chromogenic print.

The photographs of the artist Ray Johnson for the first time in an exhibition: The Morgan Library & Museum in New York opens PLEASE SEND TO REAL LIFE: Ray Johnson's Photographs on June 17. Through October 2, visitors can trace Johnson's efforts to incorporate »real life« into his art. The photographs were taken in the early 1990s and mark Johnson's final creative period. They will be exhibited alongside earlier works by the artist.

Ray Johnson (1927-1995) studied at North Carolina's famed Black Mountain College, where science and art were taught interdisciplinary and on equal footing. From 1948 he lived in New York City, where he quickly made a name for himself among colleagues. Most notably, Johnson's achievements include his multimedia collages, which were inspired by the Dadaist style, and the founding of Mail Art, in which he sent smaller artworks by mail to other art practitioners. The art community often associates him with Fluxus, even though he never belonged to the movement. Johnson rejected conventional art institutions such as museums. Today he is widely considered unknown, and among contemporary art practitioners he enjoyed the reputation of a legendary outsider.Art.Salon

Ray Johnson, RJ with Please Send To Real Life and cameria in mirror, 23 December 1994
The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of the Ray Johnson Estate, courtesy of Frances Beatty. © Ray Johnson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Ray Johnson (1927–1995) RJ with Please Send To Real Life and camera in mirror, 23 December 1994. Commercially processed chromogenic print.

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